McHenry West students charged after Wauconda High School bomb threat, police say


WAUCONDA – Two juvenile suspects were charged after a bomb threat Thursday at Wauconda High School, police said.

About 12:37 p.m., the high school received a bomb threat, which resulted in a precautionary hard lockdown and evacuation of the school, Wauconda Police Officer Heather Cognac said.

A full search of the school was conducted by K-9 units from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Great Lakes Naval Base, Cognac said. Nothing suspicious was found.

According to the school’s website, everyone was relocated to The Chapel, 25270 Route 60, Grayslake, where parents were able to pick up their children.

During the investigation, a number of students were brought to the Wauconda Police Department for interviews. Eventually, one juvenile was charged with disorderly conduct and released to a parent, while a second juvenile was charged with felony disorderly conduct and will be taken to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.

Cognac said the two suspects are both students at McHenry West High School.

Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 Superintendent Daniel Coles said in a statement that it is “safe for students and staff to return to school [Friday].”